Kobato, Maho through
有効コードがある票の順位 1位 282票 Hasegawa Kobato @ Haganai 2位 128票 Oomuro Sakurako @ Yuru Yuri 有効コードがある票の順位 1位 243票 Misawa Maho @ Ro-Kyu-Bu 2位 196票 Haramura Nodoka @ Saki
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Well, there we go – one of the shocks of the tournament as perennial semi-finalist Nodoka finally got her wish of not remaining in the semis… in a way that she wasn’t hoping for. Well, there’s still the repechage round, but with Watashi probably the favorite to claim Block E now, it doesn’t look too good for the reliable Saki ace.
In any case, the new rule had a big part to play in Nodoka’s defeat – with mods now playing a more active role in clamping down suspicious and erroneous votes. It might be beneficial in the long run (or not), but personally I feel that it’s such an untimely move given that we’re already halfway into Round 3, and it’s somewhat unfair to the characters who have already had their turn. Also, this move will not be without controversy as some will view this as a blatant act by the mods to influence proceedings.
Meanwhile, Maho’s victory brings Ro-Kyu-Bu’s tally to 2 in the Block Finals, the same as that of Madoka’s and Saki’s currently. Tactical voting with the repechage round in mind has certainly worked in the basketball lolis’ favor. Kobato was also impressive as she smashed Sakurako without showing any mercy.
The Saki faction’s morale is probably at an all-time low – hardly anything’s been going right for them in this round, and would you believe it – Saki’s representation in the Block Final stage stands at 2 now, compared to 9 in the previous year. How things can change within a year, eh? Yoshino has been putting in surprisingly good performances, but having been the neutral’s choice for most of the part, we’ll only find out if she’s the real deal in this match. For now, I’m leaning to Shizu here simply due to faction power.
Two very promising debutantes face off against each other for a spot in the Block Finals, and the desire should be even greater for them having seen Nodoka being knocked out. It’s been a while since we saw a lone ranger like Watashi storming through the rounds, and I think she has what it takes to overcome Sawa here. However, Maho and Nodoka supporters probably see her as the greater threat here and might push for Sawa to grab the victory instead, so it could end up being an intriguing match.